Repetitive weight gain-loss or losing excess weight rapidly may result in sagging of arms. This is due to the loss of skin elasticity, in other words, the skin cannot spring back to its shape after weight loss. This situation may also arise with aging, independently from weight gain-loss. In such cases, people avoid wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless T-shirts and their social activities are restricted. If this condition occurs during adolescence or young adulthood, it causes the person to experience psychological problems. Arm lift is an effective solution.


Although firming creams are released or various devices are advertised every day, their effects are very limited and often does not provide the desired impact. The most effective method is the surgical intervention through which the excess skin is removed to ensure that the arms are stretched. The only handicap of the arm lift operation is the scar that will remain, however, it is hidden in the inner area of the arm and becomes vague in time.

It can be performed together with breast lift, abdomen, arm, and thigh lift operations following obesity surgery such as sleeve gastrectomy.

Following weight loss, stretch marks may form in the arms and it is possible to remove these stretch marks by arm lift operation.

Pain is very mild following the arm lift operation. Bathing is allowed after 3 days. Bruises and swelling usually resolve in 2-3 weeks. Patients’ post-operation satisfaction is quite high.

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